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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  11,006 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
A thirteen-year-old girl seemingly destined for a modeling career finds she has a deformation of the spine called scoliosis.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Turtleback Books (first published 1973)
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Apr 04, 2008 Janessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was struck by the completely real, unedited voice of a twelve-year old teen that Blume gives us in Deenie, the protagonist of this compelling story. When Deenie discovers her scoliosis and endures the ensuing doctor's visits and eventual casting and wearing of her back brace, Blume perfectly captures Deenie's emotions. On a personal note, I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the same age as Deenie, and cast with a brace, and I could completely relate to every one of Deenie's reactions, from denia ...more
May 29, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
I was actually reading this book, in secret, right when my mother heard about it being "nasty" from some other PTA lady. It was under my pillow, five feet away, when my mom asked me if I had ever read it, and ordered me to never touch it. Fortunately, I am a good liar.

Isn't that terrible?

Anyway. Deenie is going to be a model, or so her mother has always insisted. But when she has to wear a scoliosis brace, she's not sure who is more upset: her, or her mom. She rebels, against the modeling, agai
Mar 26, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a teenage girl named Deenie. She has a spinal problem and has to wear a brace. Deenie trys to hide it at first and tries her hardest to take it off but her boyfriend ends up finding out. She gets invited to a party and tries to go behind her father's back and take her brace off but decides not to leaving a "Take me as I am or leave me." attitude with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend ends up liking her as she is and she realizes that she had nothing to worry about.
I can connect D
Mar 30, 2009 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't enjoy this story for it's moral merits. The scoliosis part had some merit, but then Judy Blume ruined it by throwing in the masturbation (aparently most girls and boys do it, therefore it is acceptable). It ends with her crush fondling her all the time and she doesn't even bat an eye.
Sep 29, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all preteen girls
This was one of the first Judy Blume books I read as a child, and I laugh now at how I thought Deenie was so old and sophisticated next to how I felt... However, I read this book over and over, because Judy Blume captures how teenagers think and feel, the awkwardness, the shyness, the way we are around our friends, and around boys! She really got it, and this book has readers in a whole new place, somewhere that we didn't know about, a diagnoses of scoliosis. I learned a lot of different things ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2010
Deenie is a regular 7th grade girl. She wants to spend time with her friends and make the cheerleading squad. Instead, her mother drags her to New York City for modeling auditions and blames Deenie when she is diagnosed with scoliosis.
This book is very real. While it may at first appear to be about Deenie's scoliosis, it is really about Deenie becoming her own person and breaking free of what her mother expects of her. For the first time in Deenie's life, she's making changes to be the happiest
Shira Planer
this book is about a girl - Deenie - who had scoliosis.

at the beginning of the book her mom wants her to be a model. but when she goes to an appointment for a modeling agency, they tell her they don't like her posture. she goes to the doctor, and then he tells her she has scoliosis.

her options are: to have a crooked spine and to be ugly for her whole life, to have an operation, or to wear a brace for four years or more.

since her scoliosis wasn't so sirious, she wore a brace. at the first time sh
Picked this one up and read it in one evening sitting at the library -- it's a young adult novel that's under 200 pages. I was reading about Banned Books Week, and saw a lot of Blume's books on the list. This one was apparently banned for it's frank discussion of masturbation. Ridiculous. The topic only comes up by name once, and that in the context of girls' gym class discussion with their teacher. She has them write anonymous questions on cards, and then they discuss the answers.

The sad thing
Aug 29, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching
This is a book about a girl with scoliosis. What?! Those exist?! I'm a 23 year old girl who has scoliosis and was told I had to wear a brace at age 13 unfortunately for me, my curve was too bad for a brace and I had to have surgery. I have two metal bars in my back and when I was 15 I had to have corrective surgery because one of the bars fell off.

I wish I knew about this book at 13. I felt alone and a lot of self pity during my days at home and this book could have helped me.

I found this as a
Dec 10, 2012 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here's the first sentence:
My mother named me Deenie because right before I was born she saw a movie about a beautiful girl named Wilmadeene, who everybody called Deenie for short.

To my ear at least, that's a flat opening in a flat voice. There is nothing making me want to read further. And that's the voice of the entire novel.

I wonder if this story seemed fresh and groundbreaking back in 1973 when Judy Blume wrote it. Now it seems like a paint-by-numbers plot about a girl coming to terms with a
Feb 12, 2013 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Still today.... I will always remember this title and the letter I received from Judy Blume. I related to the character with her struggles.

"When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream."

It was a tough time and I had rough years going thru this ordeal from 5th grade til 9th grade. No one ever looks at you the same, even when you don't wear the brace in high school. Thank goodness there were 3 middle schools coming into
Mar 27, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is another Judy Blume book from my childhood. I loved all things Judy Blume as a pre-teen and teenager, and think she is a wonderful writer for young girls. I am guessing that I read this book when I was around 12 years old, as I remember checking out many Judy Blume books from upper elementary school library when I was in the sixth grade.
Damn you Reading Challenge. I will catch up, even if it means reading nothing but middle grade books for two weeks.

And Judy Blume? This was not your best. Back braces and masturbation? I'm not quite sure what they have in common, if anything.

And on the bright side, while I was bussing it to school today, I saw a transvestite (not transsexual) prostitute soliciting a man on crutches. Got to love Albuquerque.
Jun 05, 2013 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how Judy Blume followed Deenie through her scoliosis, from the diagnosis down to the doctor's visits with details of the medical procedures, like how the brace was made. And Deenie's character development, where she realises she can relate to people like old lady Murray and Barbara and Gena, although that was a little too preachy. I also the development of her relationship with her sister Helen. This book would be m great for young children or preteens with scoliosis or a major illness, o ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Greta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
whenever someone mentions this book, its always about how deenie has scoliosis and has to wear a brace. no one ever, ever, ever mentions that its also about masturbation. so I'm going to tell you: its about a young girl who has scoliosis, but along the way she learns a surprising amount about masturbation.
Feb 24, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a pre-teen and had to get it for my own scoliosis brace wearing pre-teen. While reading it with adult eyes, I don't think it is incredibly well written, (lots of holes in the plot and underdeveloped characters) I feel that most of Judy Blume's books geared toward girls of a certain age are still relevant and still important.

It's funny the things that I remembered and the things I didn't. I guess you retain the things you care about at that time. Deenie's relationship with her mot
Chrys Fey
Mar 05, 2014 Chrys Fey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was fourteen. At fifteen I had corrective spine surgery. I remember the brace I had to wear after my surgery and I hated it! Although braces are different now, it was still unattractive and uncomfortable. Mine actually did hurt because the most sensitive part of my spine stuck out a little and the brace dug into it roughly. The first time I had to wear it at the hospital was the day after my surgery and I cried because it caused me pain. I recall a male phys ...more
Danielle Leider
Deenie’s mother always had a dream of her daughter becoming a beautiful model. Sadly, they find out that she never could become one because Deenie has been diagnosed with scoliosis. This is heartbreaking news for Deenie’s mother and shatters her mother’s dreams. The scoliosis requires her to wear a body brace for four years. Once Deenie starts to accept that she can never be a model she decides she wants to be orthopedist. She makes this though choice because she wants to be able to good for oth ...more
A brief review of this one:

When I was a kid, I obsessively read the same books over and over and over (and over). I didn't like branching out into new things, a trait which has stuck with me in some form to this day. So it passed that I until I took Young Adult Literature in grad school, I'd only read one book by Judy Blume: Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. I muddled my way through Forever, although I confess I felt merely depressed by the book, being old and jaded and knowing that high sc
Abby W.
Nov 16, 2014 Abby W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deenie, is an over all great book it really keeps you hooked and never gets boring. This book is very good and has a really interesting and ending. The main character is unique because she is not this rich princess. I think that this book is so great because of the authors abiltiy to get the story and main idea across in an exiciting manner. I never wanted to put the book down. The book is amazing i think because it is not all drama and like they have no life outside of school. This book gives y ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I read enough Judy Blume as a preteen, so I'm trying to do some catching up. I thought Dennie was a pretty well written book for its audience. It made me recall the horrors and amusements of being 12ish, which I suppose is the point.
Jun 10, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B+

Deenie, a seventh grader, wants to be a cheerleader. Her mom wants Deenie to be a model. Those dreams are dashed when she's diagnosed with scoliosis. Now she has to wear s brace and her life is over, or so she believes.

First published in 1973 when I was YA age, DEENIE felt fresh and new. The rerelease, though still relatable and interesting, feels a bit stale. I'll bet most YA readers have never heard of looking something up in Encyclopedia Brittanica and will wonder why Deenie didn't j
Sep 20, 2015 Hila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle school is an awkward time for most teenage girls. But Deenie isn't a typical teenage girl. She is gorgeous. In fact, her mom wants her to be a model and fully believes Deenie has the face to make it happen. These things make Deenie very sure of superiority when it comes to physical attributes, and Deenie isn't particularly kind to her peers who are different. She steers clear of a classmate with what she calls the "creeping crud" and avoids her neighbor who is handicapped. She knows she'd ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deenie was always told that she was beautiful and destined to be a model. However, everything changed when her PE teacher noticed that her walk was off, and her skirt was lower on one side.
Taking the suggestion to visit a doctor, Deenie’s world came crashing down when she learned that she had scoliosis. No amount of exercise could correct it, there was only the horrid Milwaukee brace, but it’s large, painful, and covered her from neck to hips. With her mother devastated and barely able to look
Kelly Hager
Oct 18, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deenie is one of the Judy Blume books I didn't read as a kid, and I was absolutely in love with everything about this book. (She's named after Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass! Judy Blume never says the movie by name, but it's totally that one! [That's probably because you don't really want the target audience to look up a movie where the main character goes crazy because of sex, right?])

So yeah, this book essentially had me from the opening paragraph.

But there's also a lot more here than t
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

The brace looks like the one Dr. Kliner showed us three weeks earlier. It's the ugliest thing I ever saw.

I have to give the story credit - to my adult mind this vintage YA is still five stars.

I read it at least three times growing up, but reading again was not boring in the slightest. Some of it came back to me, most I'd forgotten. It starts a little awkward but settles in fast thanks to Judy Blume's talented hand. She keeps the wording simple and the sentences short, but she's able to convey a
May 27, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as I remembered.
Sam Williamson
Jul 18, 2016 Sam Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Judy Blume book. I hadn't read any before and I know they were a big deal to a lot of people growing up and I wanted to know more about them. This just happened to be one of the two my library had in stock when I went searching. It was decent! I read it in about an hour and a half so it's very short and an easy read. I very much appreciated how frankly and transparently Blume deals with sensitive but relevant issues for adolescents and I understand how her books would have been ...more
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